Minister for Education Honourable Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert has reiterated the Government’s commitment to the youth of the nation in the wake of Universal Children’s Day which was celebrated by several countries on Sunday, November 20, 2016.
The Minister, who recently returned to Saint Lucia from the Climate Change Conference, COP 22 in Morocco, on Monday underlined that the Government will continue to ensure there are policies and laws in place to protect the nation’s youth.
Said Dr. Rigobert: “Very often we are called to engage in some very critical introspection given some of the ghastly news that greets us. But I just want us to pause and to ask ourselves what more can we do to offer greater protection and greater opportunity for our nation’s children as a whole. We have recently appointed a new Attorney General and we have both expressed the necessity to strengthen our legal framework to offer greater levels of protection to our children. It is something that I feel very strongly about and I think as a nation we too should make it our priority.”
The Minister noted that Universal Children’s Day should signal in-depth reflection on many crosscutting issues related to children in the society.
“It is indeed cliché that the children are our future and our hope, however, it is simply the truth. So let me wish all the children of this nation, little boys and little girls a happy Universal Children’s Day.”
Dr. Rigobert called on everyone to recommit to protecting the rights of every child.